Hayward Rent Control

June 19, 2021

THE CITY OF HAYWARD’S RESIDENTIAL RENT STABILIZATION AND TENANT PROTECTION ORDINANCE The City of Hayward’s Residential Rent Stabilization and Tenant Protection Ordinance, which went into effect July 25, 2019, caps annual rent increases to a certain small percentage and limits evictions to only those reasons enumerated under the law.  The ordinance also protects tenants from retaliation […] Read More

Mountain View Rent Control: Community Stabilization and Fair Rent Act

June 4, 2021

The City of Mountain View Community Stabilization and Fair Rent Act (“Mountain View Rent Control Ordinance”), which went into effect December 23, 2016, limits the amount a tenant’s rent can be increased annually and prohibits evictions unless there is a just-cause reason.  The City of Mountain View also has a Tenant Relocation Assistance Ordinance that […] Read More

The City of Palm Springs Rent Control Ordinance

April 13, 2021

The City of Palm Springs Rent Control Ordinance protects tenants from unreasonable rent increases and unjustified terminations, but since its enaction several years ago, most properties originally covered under the ordinance have been permanently removed from protection over time.  A rent-controlled unit may be permanently removed from protection under the ordinance if a tenant voluntarily […] Read More

THE CITY OF GLENDALE JUST CAUSE AND RETALIATORY EVICTION ORDINANCE

February 5, 2021

The City of Glendale recently enacted the Just Cause and Retaliatory Eviction Ordinance.  The ordinance prohibits eviction of a tenant unless the landlord has a just cause to do so, provides for relocation benefits to tenants that receive large rent increases and vacate as a result, requires tenants to be offered a one-year lease, and […] Read More

THE CITY OF LOS ANGELES RENT STABILIZATION ORDINANCE

January 25, 2021

The City of Los Angeles Rent Stabilization Ordinance regulates how much a landlord can increase a tenant’s rent, and it prohibits eviction of tenants unless the landlord has a just-cause reason under the law to do so.  The ordinance also covers what types of evictions require relocation payments to tenants and regulates buyout agreements. What […] Read More

How to Sue for Return of Your Security Deposit

November 24, 2020

Fights over security deposits are a common dispute between landlords and tenants. If your landlord is unfairly withholding your deposit, don’t panic. Here’s our step-by-step guide to suing in small claims court for your deposit. Step 1:  You are required to send a demand letter first In California, a landlord has twenty-one days after a […] Read More

How to Get All of Your Security Deposit Back from Your Landlord

November 9, 2020

Tenants should take these pro-active steps to ensure they get the entire amount of their security deposit back from their landlord after they move out. Read More

Realtor Right to Access a Unit Under California Law

November 2, 2020

Can a Realtor enter a unit? Yes. A real estate agent can enter a unit to show it to prospective tenants or prospective purchasers. Cal. Civ. Code § 1954.  What must a Realtor do before they can enter a unit? To show the unit to prospective tenants or purchasers a Notice of Intent to Enter […] Read More

How to Get an Eviction Off Your Record [6-Step Guide]

When a tenant fails to respond to the unlawful detainer or fails to appear for a mandatory court date, a landlord can request default judgment and a writ of possession.  A tenant then has about a month from the filing of the eviction lawsuit before the sheriff arrives to change the locks to the unit. […] Read More

California Tenant, Homeowner, and Small Landlord Relief and Stabilization Act of 2020 – AB 3088

September 3, 2020

Effective Sep 1, 2020, the State of California has new eviction protections arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. Download the sample Declaration of Hardship here. Read More